Food Stuff

Illustration By Marianne Mancina

Strolling through the produce section of a local supermarket just before Thanksgiving, we were dumbstruck to see fresh, shiny Bing cherries. Cherries for the holidays, just $8.99 per pound, had been flown in from some other hemisphere. Sure, we understand that seasons have not been reflected in our produce aisles for quite some time. We know that we can buy a fresh tomato today just as we can in July. But we choose not to buy an expensive product that doesn’t taste very good, costs too much and just plain doesn’t feel right to eat this time of year. We can wait for warmer days, when baseball and barbecue return. In the meantime, we will enjoy the cool nights driving us to the stove. We will savor the slow-cooked stews and roasted root vegetables. We will buy the local apples at less than $1 per pound and will wait for local, cheaper, better-tasting cherries.